Hunter competition at the 2020 National Horse Show continued Thursday with the crowning of champions in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter divisions. As one of the most prestigious horse shows in America, the National Horse Show featured Amateur-Owner riders and their top mounts, who showed their best over the course of two days, all hoping to claim the coveted Grand Champion Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter tricolor ribbon at the conclusion. Rising to the top of the competitive 30 horse-and-rider combinations across the Younger and Older cards, it was Kit McClorey and Indian Rock Farms, LLC’s High Tide who were awarded the “Susanne Stroh” Perpetual Trophy and the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter Grand Champion title.
Kit McClorey with High Tide in their presentation ceremony. Photo by Georgie Hammond/Phelps Media Group.
Taking back-to-back blues for their stellar efforts in Wednesday’s Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter over fences and handy rounds, McClorey and High Tide continued their winning streak with yet another first-place finish in the under saddle class. In the final class of the division, the Oare & Adikes-Hill Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 Stake, High Tide jumped to an impressive score of 84 to finish in the second-place position out of the field of entries. The pair’s 36-point total score led them straight to the winner’s circle to be crowned Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter Over 36 Champion. McClorey and High Tide were then invited back to the arena one last time to receive their second gold medal of the day, this time for the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Grand Champion.
Kit McClorey on High Tide. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.
McClorey and the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding have been partnered together for four years. High Tide, who was found in a field by McClorey’s trainer Amanda Thomas, has found great success in the hunter ranks, most recently winning the Reserve Champion title of the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter at the 2020 Captial Challenge Horse Show. McClorey was thrilled with the performances of “Boden,” praising him for his faithful attitude throughout the two days of the division.
Competition at the 137th National Horse Show will continue Friday, October 30, with the Junior Hunter divisions coming to a pinnacle. Following the crowning of their respective champions, jumper riders will take to the Alltech Arena for the EquiJet $10,000 Junior Jumper, $10,000 Amateur Jumper and the T&R Development $36,600 International Speed class. Scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. that night, hunter horses and riders will reclaim the spotlight for the highlight class of the evening, the National Horse Show $50,000 Hunter Classic.